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Review: Losing The Plot, Scarcroft Allotments, York
12:37pm Saturday 19th May 2012 in Theatre
Sweet smells filled the Scarcroft Allotments on Thursday night, as theatre company Mikron’s latest play, Losing The Plot, began.
The grassy stage was naturally lit as the audience digged their home-brought chairs into the grass.
Losing The Plot is a light-hearted comedy about an allotment, its people and its culture. Threatened by the intervention of the council trying to move the site, the allotmenteers have to band together to resolve the problem.
It went down a storm in York, was well attended, and, due to the setting, those in the audience only needed their imagination for a few aspects of the play, most notably the imaginary bees (sounded by kazoos) and the occasional moment where a character had been temporarily transformed into a scarecrow. Other highlights included musical instruments disguised as various vegetables, and a slap bass fashioned out of a wooden box, a pole, and a length of washing line. There were also acoustic guitars, ukuleles, harmonicas, a mandolin, and jars of honey used for music.
Each song was hilarious and enjoyable, and one even detailed the history of Britain and grow-your-own, going as far back as the Saxons.
Mikron travel from venue to venue on a vintage narrowboat. Tickets aren’t bookable, just turn up with a chair, and donate something when you leave.
Losing The Plot will be touring around the country’s allotments until late October.
Review byAmber King